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A giant, who is terrorized by larger giants, kidnaps a little girl and takes her to his lair. He gives her something to drink from his in-home still and then does a big song-and-dance number about farting. I’ve never read “The BFG” but if the 1996 U.S. video release is true to the book, Roald Dahl has some explaining to do. This is ostensibly a horror movie for children, involving dream implantation, kid-eating giants and a counteroffensive launched by British commandos. If you’re nostalgic, it features the bad 1980s-style animation and worse 1980s-style synthesizer soundtrack Gen Xers grew up with.

Generation Xers got screwed out of a lot of things, not the least of which was animation. Boomers and Millennials got Bugs Bunny, Pixar and Disney classics (“Pinocchio,” “Lion King,” etc.). We got Scrappy Doo and “Heavy Metal.” For whatever reason, Ivan Reitman thought 1981 was the right time for an animated anthology featuring the four food groups for 14-year-old Xer boys: weapons of war, rock and roll, purple eye shadow and huge breasts. The animation is typical of the early 1980s – artistic yet awful. The story is also typical – some kind of high-minded pacifism shrouded in blood and boobs.